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Caribbean governments urged to pass proceeds of crime legislation

March 30, 2015
Caribbean governments urged to pass proceeds of crime legislation BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Those Caribbean governments that have not yet passed proceeds of crime legislation are being urged to do so. Consul general at the US Embassy, Mark Bysfield, made this call on Friday while addressing the official opening of the Regional Security...

Caribbean cocoa inspires the world's chocolatiers

March 28, 2015
Caribbean cocoa inspires the world's chocolatiers MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- The popularity of dark chocolate throughout the world has surpassed just being a flavour of the month. The rapid growth in demand for fine flavour cocoa, primarily used in the sought-after dark chocolate, over the past five years, is set to continue bringing lucrative benefits...

UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

March 27, 2015
UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations officials on Wednesday welcomed the unveiling at the world body’s New York headquarters of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history.

Rare Caribbean air show wows trendy St Barts

March 23, 2015
Rare Caribbean air show wows trendy St Barts GUSTAVIA, St Barts -- Old planes and air shows are nothing new. But when it happens in the Caribbean, it is to be revered. Hundreds lined the approach road at Gustave III International Airport in the posh getaway island of St Barts to see history fly by. A fine collection of vintage World War II aircraft...

CDB to help countries gather poverty data more effectively

March 19, 2015
CDB to help countries gather poverty data more effectively BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Inadequate or outdated data have hindered the fight against poverty in some Caribbean countries, including those of the Eastern Caribbean. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), along with partners, will be working together to get a better picture of the effect of poverty.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Brains in your head - insights from Dr Seuss

March 19, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Brains in your head - insights from Dr Seuss Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: “Brains in your head –Insights from Dr Seuss”.

US Navy pulling out of the Caribbean

March 18, 2015
US Navy pulling out of the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- According to General John Kelly, commander of US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the two navy vessels the US currently deploys in the Caribbean will both be permanently withdrawn this summer. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week...

US military concerned over ISIS terrorists returning to Caribbean

March 14, 2015
US military concerned over ISIS terrorists returning to Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- A top US general has warned that Caribbean countries are unable to track nationals that could return from fighting for ISIS in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. The war in Syria has attracted roughly 100 foreign fighters from the Caribbean.

Caribbean labour ministers commit to strengthening social dialogue

March 12, 2015
Caribbean labour ministers commit to strengthening social dialogue NASSAU, Bahamas (ILO) -- The ninth International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting of Caribbean labour ministers concluded on March 4, 2015, with a commitment to strengthen social dialogue further, both at the national and regional levels, and with renewed impetus to focus on...

Regional NGO to address human rights commission on death penalty in the Caribbean

March 12, 2015
Regional NGO to address human rights commission on death penalty in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- On Monday, March 16, 2015, the Greater Caribbean for Life (GCL), a regional NGO working towards the abolition of the death penalty, will address the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) about issues relating to the death penalty in the Greater Caribbean.

CDB considering appropriate housing solutions for low and lower-middle income owners

March 10, 2015
CDB considering appropriate housing solutions for low and lower-middle income owners BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is currently revising its housing sector policy and strategy so as to better assist its borrowing member countries (BMC) in the provision of appropriate housing solutions, particularly for low and lower middle-income segments.

Queen and Prince of Wales to attend Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Malta

March 10, 2015
Queen and Prince of Wales to attend Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Malta LONDON, England -- Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, as head of the Commonwealth, is to be present in person to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta later this year. The Prince of Wales will also be present in Malta during the meeting.

CDB provides policy tools and financial support to unlock sustainability and inclusive growth

March 9, 2015
CDB provides policy tools and financial support to unlock sustainability and inclusive growth BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- “Outturns in relation to foreign exchange reserves were mostly positive, proving adequate import cover, in line with balance of payments (BOP) outturns,” and “most BMCs continued to hold reserves in excess of the international 3-month/12-week benchmark.”

Commonwealth Day 2015: Message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth

March 9, 2015
Commonwealth Day 2015: Message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth One simple lesson from history is that when people come together to talk, to exchange ideas and to develop common goals, wonderful things can happen. So many of the world's greatest technological and industrial achievements have begun as partnerships between families, countries, and...

Commonwealth Day 2015: Message from Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma

March 9, 2015
Commonwealth Day 2015: Message from Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma Inclusiveness and youthfulness are distinctive characteristics of the Commonwealth. It is through freshness of thought, readiness to test new ideas, and openness to new approaches that our worldwide family continues to fulfil its purpose as a great global good. We continue to grow and flourish.

ILO launches regional social dialogue project

March 7, 2015
ILO launches regional social dialogue project NASSAU, Bahamas (ILO) -- A 1.7 million Euro (US$2 million) project, signed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with funding from the European Union in December 2014, was formally launched with the Caribbean Employers' Confederation and the Caribbean Congress of Labour.

No evidence death penalty deters any crime, senior UN official tells Rights Council

March 6, 2015
No evidence death penalty deters any crime, senior UN official tells Rights Council GENEVA, Switzerland -- Despite progress in recent years to universally abolish the death penalty, major challenges persist, the United Nations top human rights official said on Wednesday at a high-level debate in Geneva, expressing concern that the death penalty, in practice, is “too often applied...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Courage

March 5, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Courage Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.”

CDB advancing energy sustainability in the region

March 2, 2015
CDB advancing energy sustainability in the region BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has made energy security a cross-cutting theme in its new Strategic Plan 2015 to 2019 to help stimulate growth, leverage broader development assistance and improve CDB’s role as a development partner in borrowing member countries.

Agriculture in Caribbean vital to economic growth, sustainable development, says UN official

February 28, 2015
Agriculture in Caribbean vital to economic growth, sustainable development, says UN official NASSAU, Bahamas -- The head of the United Nations agriculture agency underlined yesterday the huge importance of agriculture and farming to countries of the Caribbean during an address to heads of government at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit in The Bahamas.

EarthTalk: E-waste blizzard

February 23, 2015
EarthTalk: E-waste blizzard With a record four million pre-orders for Apple’s best-selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it’s more evident than ever that consumers want the latest in smartphone technology at their fingertips. A new report by analysts at German market research firm GfK determined that global smartphone sales exceeded...

New discount warehouse targets Caribbean shoppers in Miami

February 17, 2015
New discount warehouse targets Caribbean shoppers in Miami MIAMI, USA -- Overstock Miami, a company specializing in providing deeply discounted, brand name consumer goods to the Caribbean and Latin America markets, has opened a new warehouse in the Miami area in South Florida. The company primarily appeals to buyers and resellers...

Monument to victims of slavery to open at UN Headquarters in March

February 14, 2015
Monument to victims of slavery to open at UN Headquarters in March KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade is to be erected in March on the grounds of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Jamaica’s minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, who made...

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

British overseas 'tax havens' warned ahead of general election

February 9, 2015
British overseas 'tax havens' warned ahead of general election LONDON, England -- A Labour government would push for UK overseas territories to be put on an international blacklist if they refuse to co-operate with a drive against tax avoidance, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has told them ahead of general elections in Britain in May.

'Rasta' restoration complete; Bob Marley's famous Land Rover restored

February 7, 2015
'Rasta' restoration complete; Bob Marley's famous Land Rover restored KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Just in time for his 70th birthday, Bob Marley’s iconic Land Rover is ready to ride again! The matte-blue 1977 Series III Land Rover which fell into a state of disrepair following the singer’s death over 30 years ago, has been completely restored from clutch to chassis.

British expatriates encouraged to vote in UK election

February 6, 2015
British expatriates encouraged to vote in UK election LONDON, England -- This week the UK Electoral Commission launched a dedicated overseas voter registration campaign. The campaign aims to encourage British citizens living overseas to register to vote ahead of the UK Parliamentary General Election, due to take place on Thursday 7 May 2015.

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